While the groundbreaking Marriage Equality Act expanded marital protections for LGBTQ people in 2015, there is still much to be done to ensure non-discrimination protections and equal treatment under the law.
Click here to tell Congress to pass the Equality Act, H.R. 2282.
Federal law and the majority of U.S. states lack explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people at work, at school, and elsewhere, leaving them vulnerable to discrimination.
In other words, a person can be fired from their job, evicted from their home, denied access to housing, credit, loans, hotel services, and even jury duty on the strict basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other key federal non-discrimination laws to provide clear, explicit federal protection against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, federally funded programs (including education), and federal jury service.
The bill would provide clear, explicit federal protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the following six areas:
● Federally funded programs and activities.
● Public Spaces and Services.
● Banks and Credit.
● Federal Jury Service.
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All LGBTQ Americans deserve a fair chance to live, love and provide for their families without the burden of legalized discrimination. This bill will help ensure that no one is fired, evicted from their home, or denied basic services because of who they are or whom they love.
Urge your members of Congress to support this critical piece of legislation.
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> H.R. 2282, The Equality Act
> Human Rights Campaign: Why the Equality Act?